Everyone I speak to lately seems to be living with a lot of intensity in their lives.  Whether it is too much exposure to sensational media, or the intensity of day-to-day life, we are all living with heightened levels of stress.

Our bodies are programmed to handle brief periods of stress.  Hormones such as cortisol are released by our bodies as part of our ‘fight or flight’ response, and when the stress is occasional, our body is perfectly equipped to bring itself

back into balance.  This is a normal, healthy process that our body has evolved to handle.

However, when we are continually in a state of stress, when it becomes chronic, our bodies are no longer able to bring us back into balance.  Our systems get ‘overloaded’, and in a sense, they short-circuit.  The effects of staying in this constant state of stress are many; exhausted, yet unable to sleep, loss of appetite or overeating, indigestion or more severe digestive problems, and lack of focus, to name a few.

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” ~ Annie Dillard


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